Moscow. April 4. Ukraine since April has halved the import of natural gas compared to the last two weeks of March.
According to PJSC “Ukrtransgaz”, on 1 and 2 April gas imports amounted to 6.2 million cubic meters and 8 million cubic meters, whereas 16-31 March receipts of gas by European countries ranged from 13.6 million cu m to 18.3 million cubic meters per day.
The decline in imports in early April was recorded by the Slovak direction is 1.6-2.7 million cubic meters compared to 9.3-13.4 million cubic meters in the second half of March. Imports from Hungary and Poland, 1-2 April, is 1-1. 7 million cubic meters and 3.6 million cubic meters, respectively.
In addition, in connection with the arrival of significant warming since April, Ukraine started less extraction of natural gas from its underground storages (UGS). So, if in the 20th of March gas lift accounted for 36-63 million cubic meters/day, 31 March, it was 27 million cubic meters, and 1-2 of April – some 20 million cubic meters.
As reported, the import of gas by Ukraine in March 2016 amounted to 0.53 billion cubic meters, it operated exclusively on the European side.
In General, in January-March 2016 Ukraine imported 2.7 billion cubic meters of gas, or 2.1 times (by 3.1 billion cubic meters) in less than three months of 2015.
According to the state statistics service, Ukraine in 2015 16,478 imported billion cubic meters of gas at $4,512 billion, including from Europe – of 10.34 billion cubic metres of $2,836 billion, from Russia – 6,138 billion cubic meters at $1,677 billion.
Ukrtransgaz, 100% owned by NJSC “Naftogaz of Ukraine”, operates a system of trunk gas pipelines and 12 underground gas storages of the country.